Release Date: Sep 9, 2008
Record label: Kill Rock Stars
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Nicholas Delffs knows how to put a girl at ease. "We'll go on a date," the Shaky Hands's shaky-voiced singer enthuses at the beginning of Show Me Your Life, as a guitar melody ripples sweetly behind him and handclaps provide a cheerful backbeat. "I've been abused so I'm living in hate," he adds enticingly. "I'm feeling dead, just leave me to rot." Lunglight is packed with this sort of jolting disjunction.
On Lunglight, the Shaky Hands try to push themselves to become something larger than a hippie-leaning, unassuming sweet little indie-pop band from Portland. And in doing so, they’ve stepped outside their strengths and, save for a few choice moments, produced an awkward-sounding, misguided second album.The Hands got the attention of the Portland crowd with their pretty, digestible sound and free-floating lyrics, which led to the minor success of their self-titled debut in 2007. It didn’t resonate across the country quite as much as it did in their hometown -- some saw the band's listing its main influence as the weather as a perfect example of indie rock’s focus on irrelevant and banal topics.